Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Criminal Profiling Basics

by Andrea Campbell

In John Douglas’s book, Mindhunter, he describes how he and others on an FBI team compiled the 1992 Crime Classification Manual, one of the most valuable tools used by profilers today. Douglas tells us about the operative style, which involves interviewing convicted murderers and rapists across the country. The task at hand: 1) study the crime, 2) talk to experts, 3) talk to perpetrators, 4) interpret those clues and 5) draw conclusions from patterns.

Douglas says the first step in profiling is advance preparation: checking police files, studying crime-scene photos, discerning autopsy protocols, reading trial transcripts, and looking for clues to motive or personality.

One of the first hurdles FBI agents faced in prison interviews was cutting through self-serving or self-amusing games convicts played. Douglas found he had to portray a persona, to sell the subjects his ideas to keep them interested so they would go along. He also says that contrary to popular belief, “just because someone acts like a maniac, doesn’t mean he doesn’t know exactly what he’s doing.”

Part of the interview process replicated that used by any good reporter: the who (who are the victimizers, who are the victims?), what, where, when, how and why of any story. Key here, along with drawing out the narrative, was observing interviewees’ behavior, including body language, and being able to pounce first. Sexual killers, for example, become skilled in domination, manipulation and control. Some can be quite charming, according to those who met with Ted Bundy. Some were so convincing, Douglas hesitantly admits, that after many interviews, agents went back, checked the killer’s record, and even contacted police in the jurisdiction where the crime occurred, to ensure they had locked up the right guy!

Some of the things FBI researchers found in the course of their conversations: victimizers often had relationship problems with women, and they often dealt with other stressors, such as financial problems or debt. Some had abilities above their job level, some drank heavily, some felt helpless in the face of life's frustrations. Many had a terrible childhood or upbringing. Often agents found killers had taken photos or other souvenirs from their victims. Some visited their victim’s grave site or even rolled in the dirt to relive the pleasure of killing. In the end though, Douglas concludes that serial killers and rapists are hardest to catch of all violent criminals because their motivations are more complex. The patterns are more confusing, since they feel no compassion, guilt or remorse.

Profiling Basics

The premise that all profilers operate under is this: To know the offender, look at the crime. Or, as Douglas says, “If you want to understand the artist, look at his work.” The trick is that there is no trick. Simply put, the criminologist is collecting a bunch of disparate and seemingly unrelated clues and turning it into a convincing narrative. But there is more to it.

In addition to evaluating a wide range of evidence and data, they must walk in the shoes of both offender and victim. They recreate crime scenes in their minds; learn as much as possible about the victims to imagine their horror -- to put themselves in the victims' place and feel the emotions they experienced as they screamed with no hope for help. The other watchwords for the process include: Behavior reflects personality.

First off, the offender is an unknown subject, hereafter referred to as UNSUB. As part of the basic background the criminologist needs to know:

  • What’s in the medical examiner's report, such as the nature and type of wound or wounds, cause of death, whether there was sexual assault, and if so, what kind?

• What was in the preliminary police report?

• What did the first officer see? Was the scene altered? Were there any changes (i.e., dignity moves like covering the face)?

• What do crime-scene photos and schematic drawings (where all directions and footprints are noted) show?

• Time of day, condition of location, signs of a fight, documents, letters, etc.; telephone calls made, position of the victim, check of closets, furniture, blood spatter, collecting of physical, trace, or impressions evidence.

• Anything taken? Even subtle objects like a lock of hair, a barrette, etc. need to be anticipated. (And so as not to be influenced on first pass-through, profilers always request that police notes should be on the back of photos.)

The “victim profile” is prepared. Some questions to be answered are: High- or low-risk victim? What did she say or do? Did she fight back? Why was she selected over all other potential victims? How? Who? In actuality, the victim profile can be every bit as extensive as the killer’s.

Methodology Means more Questions

Criminal (and victim) profiling is knowing about race, personality, job, home life, car, hobbies, familiarity with the area, relationship to police. Was the criminal organized or disorganized? Is there a violent crime in the past? Is the criminal on parole? Are there known stressor factors, such as a commemorative date? Is there any evidence of posing or staging? So many questions, so little time.

As Dr. Park Dietz says, “. . . none of the serial killers . . . has been legally insane, but none has been normal either. They’ve all been people who’ve got mental disorders. But despite their mental disorders, which have to do with their sexual interests and their character, they’ve been people who knew what they were doing, knew what they were doing was wrong, but chose to do it anyway.”

Definitions of some terms involved in criminal profiling:

psychotic — being legally insane, out of touch with reality. (“. . . voices made me do it.”)

psychopath or sociopath — knows right from wrong and consciously chose to do wrong. Lacks conscience or remorse.

necrophilia — sexual stimulation from seeing, touching corpse.

necrostuprum — theft of corpse for sexual pleasure.

lust murder — sexual compulsion to kill.

psychometric tests — administered by a forensic psychologist, they involve motives, background, family life.

modus operandi — What the perpetrator does to commit the crime. It is learned behavior, and it can change.

signature — What the perpetrator has to do to fulfill himself; it doesn't change.

staging — Offender tries to throw off investigators by making them believe a different crime occurred. I.e.: A rapist tries to make his intrusion look like a burglary.

posing — The signature; leaving the victim in a certain posture

serial offender — Doesn't stop till caught or killed. Learns by experience, tends to get better. Virtually all are male.

anthropophagy — Sexual gratification achieved through cannibalism

gerontophilia — Sexual obsession in which elderly victims are raped and murdered.

pedophilia — Having sex with children

Myths or common beliefs:

• Serial killers want to be caught. Not really. They're demonstrating their power over society by coming close to getting caught, and then showing their smarts by evading capture. They keenly desire infamy, but they would rather their fame be anonymous.

• Crime is all about people who know each other. Not any more, although family associations are statistically still the most violent.

• Witches, werewolves and vampire stories may be about actual murderers. True.

• Compulsion to kill: When circumstances didn't favor the success of their crime, perpetrators refrained from committing it. They were not compelled to act.

Bibliography: • Douglas, John and Mark Olshaker. Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit. New York: Scribner, 1995. • Feldman, Philip M. Criminal Behavior: A Psychological Analysis. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1978. • Kelly, Delos. Criminal Behavior: Text and Readings in Criminology. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1990. • Mactire, Sean. Malicious Intent: A Writer’s Guide to How Murderers, Robbers, Rapists and Other Criminals Think. Cincinnati, Ohio: Writer’s Digest Books, 1995. • Roth, Martin. The Writer’s Complete Crime Reference Book. Cincinnati, Ohio: Writer’s Digest Books, 1990. • Territo, Leonard and Max. L. Bromley and James B. Halsted. Crime and Justice in America: A Human Perspective, St. Paul, Minnesota: West Publishing Company, 1995. • Wingate, Anne, PhD. Scene of the Crime: A Writer’s Guide to Crime-Scene Investigations. Cincinnati, Ohio: Writer’s Digest Books, 1992.

20 comments:

shthar said...

Who have these profilers ever actually caught?

Glenn Adams said...

Excellent article Andrea Campbell, very informative and concise.
Profiling, although attracting many skeptics in the early days, has earned due respect within the Law Enforcement community. Combined with advances in forensics and other investigative techniques as well as the use of all available resources.
It is astonishing to me as to the toll that profiling takes on the agents such as John Douglas, who get into the head of the unsubs thereby entering into the abyss or darkness to gain understinding of their thought patterns and behaviors.

Wolfscratch

Wolfscratch said...

Although profiling is a very valuable resource, many violent criminals are repeat offenders. Many Law Enforcement agencies are overwhelmed by the increasing volume of violent crimes. Due to budget cuts caused by the decrease in tax revenues,investigative backlogs are becoming more comonplace, including State and Federal DNA & Forensic labs.

Meredith Hope Emerson; one of Gary Hilton's victims' courage and heroic struggle, was the catalyst for the folling Law in GA:

'Meredith's DNA Law'

A very Valuable resource:

GA LEGISLATIVE BRIEFS: DNA bill may solve cases (04/05/2008)

The Georgia General Assembly passed legislation to make it easier for prosecutors to compare DNA samples from cold cases with other criminal investigations. The bill, requested by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, was inspired by the case of Meredith Emerson, the 24-year-old hiker who was kidnapped in North Georgia on New Year's Day and later killed by Gary Michael Hilton. Hilton was sentenced to life in prison for the killing and was indicted in February in the slaying of Cheryl Hodges Dunlap, whose body was found decapitated in a north Florida forest. Under state law, the GBI was barred from releasing DNA evidence in the Hilton case to law enforcement agencies in other states. The statute only allows for the release of DNA evidence once a suspect is convicted. Senate Bill 430, which passed the House 103-50, would allow prosecutors and law enforcement agencies to use DNA evidence, including samples collected from suspects arrested but never convicted of a crime. Opponents of the legislation argued that the measure would give criminal investigators and civil attorneys unrestricted access to DNA evidence from misdemeanor offenders, such as shoplifters and reckless drivers...

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Note Florida, and aproximately 35 other states have followed suit, passing similar Laws, since GMH & Associates' Tragic 'Trail of Terror'...

Wolfscratch

glennindawson said...

http://crime.about.com/od/serial/p/tedbundy.htm

re: signature — What the perpetrator has to do to fulfill himself; 'it doesn't change'.

Gary Michael Hilton, was an anomaly and was a Copy Cat of many Serial Killers of past. I am confident that his MO and Signature morphed due to this.
He employed forensics, police strategies & procedures, jurisdictional boundaries and communication issues of LE, as well as hunting schedules to remain stealth for decades.



http://crime.about.com/od/serial/p/tedbundy.htm



Irony:
Bundy worked on the re-election campaign of Washington's Republican Governor Dan Evans. Evans was elected and he appointed Bundy to the 'Seattle Crime Prevention Advisory Committee'.
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Andrea Campbell,
Gary Hilton is awaiting a death penalty trial in Leon county, FL, for the tragic murder of Cheryl Dunlap. Is the strategy used to identify Gary Ridgeway's victims in Washington State, being employed in Florida to reveal GMH & associates' many, many victims?

Wolfscratch

glennindawson said...

Shthar, I am sure there are many unsubs that were brought to Justice with the support of profilers. Here's one:

The Crime Library - Robert Hansen; ^ ExploreNorth - Robert Hansen, A Serial Killer in Alaska; ^ Portraits of Serial Killers - Robert Hansen ...

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WE TV; FBI Files, tonight was about Robert Hansen: The Alaskan Serial Killer,that I am confident Gary M. Hilton, based the 1994 Movie; 'Deadly Run.' The documentary went into more detail than is available on the net, and involved actual investigators that worked the case.
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Snipet from John Douglas; FBI Profiler on the Hansen: Serial Killer case:http://www.francesfarmersrevenge.com/stuff/serialkillers/profiling.htm
Hunting the Hunter
I began to get an idea of how Hansen operated, and it gave me a cold, sick feeling in my stomach. It seemed clear to me that he was definitely the killer, but he wasn't simply killing these women. I believed he was releasing them into the woods and then hunting them down like animals—and this proved to be the case....

We gave our assessment to the authorities, and they were able to get a search warrant. Hansen's rifle, which matched the bullets that killed the four women, was found at his home, along with some cheap jewelry, ID cards, and other items taken from them. There was also a sort of "journal," an aviation map marked with the locations of his victims' bodies.

Confronted with the evidence, Hansen confessed.
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Agent John Douglas profiled Hansen to a tee. He had pegged him with a studder or lisp, as an independent business owner, with a family. Hansen owned a bake shop where LE frequented(pastries) and was a pillar of the community.
Although one of his victims escaped and went to police, Hansen was able to persuade them that the accusation was false. The Anchorage PD closed the case by order of the Chief. The Alaska State Patrol had an active Serial Killer investigation in progress at the time....
I am confident that GMH, based the 'Deadly Run' movie, on Hansen's trail of terror, using his mo and signature of hunting his prey in the Wilderness, as a template. http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/16683281.html ) on Hansen's Trail of Terror. Robert Christian Hansen, was convicted for the murder of only 4 women, which most were prostitutes, but admitted to over 33 victims in Alaska. He was originally from Iowa, and LE was confident that he had many victims, before moving to Alaska.
Hansen was an arsonist and mirrored many of GMH's personality traits.
Their were many, many parallels to GMH. In fact you could switch names in the documentary and it would have been virtually identical to GMH's trail of Terror, except GMH, had no victim profile.
He began killing prostitutes around 1980. After paying for their services, he would kidnap and rape them; he would then fly them out to his cabin in the Knik River Valley in his private plane and stalk and kill them with a hunting knife and a .223-caliber Ruger Mini-14 rifle.
Said he would toy with his prey for days once reaching the Wilderness and then hunt them. Although he would vary his methods of abduction, he would handcuff them as soon as he put them in the vehicle, then pull a pistol on them. Said that if they tried to alert help, that he would kill/shoot them and the rescuer.(sound familiar?)
Something interesting from the Behavioral Science Unit/FBI; the Trophys/souveneirs could be any personal item of the victims; clothing, jewelry, or even Dr. Licenses. They are kept to relive the evil acts in the future.

Wolfscratch

Pat Brown said...

Actually, Douglas didn't actually profile Hansen before he was on police radar. He was already a suspect and the police asked what he thought about him being the guy and Douglas then analyzed his behavior. And he already knew he had a lisp, so that wasn't an amazing guess (which would be only a lucky guess because you cannot discern a lisp from a man's behaviors; you need a witness to say the guy has a lisp). So, profiling didn't identify Hansen, the cops did. However, the analysis of his behavior could have been helpful in the continuing investigation and prosecution.

Wolfscratch said...

Pat Brown, thanks for your reply. I stand corrected.
Pat, in your opinion, why are Criminal Profilers distancing themselves from providing information and profiles on Gary Michael Hilton?
Do you think that he was a petty driftert that began his trail of terror in Oct 2007 with John & Irene Bryant?
Your expert opinion would be apreciated.

Wolfscratch

glennindawson said...

Re: Who have these profilers ever actually caught?

FBI BAU Special Agent/Profiler Jud Ray, was instrumental in providing an accurate profile of the unsub in the gruesome rapes and murders of Nancy Newman and her two young daughters
in Anchorage, Alaska in March 1987.
Although a probable suspect was being honed in on by LE, SA Jud Rays' profile eliminated him and directed them to the arrest and proscecution of the actual killer Kirby Anthoney; Nancy Newmans' nephew.

Info from 'Journey into Darkness by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker.

Wolfscratch

wolfscratch said...

For the families of the many victims of GMH & Associates, to begin closure, the truth must be revealed by Law Enforcement, the Criminal Justice Community, as well as the Justice System.. Until the silence is broken the victims will continue to be denied Justice..


Ruse – Definition from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
Etymology: French, from Old French, roundabout path taken by fleeing game, trickery, from reuser. Date: 1625. : a wily subterfuge. synonyms see trick …
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EXHIBIT 21
08-0093-25-08
10 DATA:
TABER, JOHN JOSEPH DOB:
SEX/RACE: MALEIWHITE ADDRESS:
450 ARBORSHADE TRAIL DULUTH,GA
COUNTRY: UNITED STATES RESIDENCE:I
CELLULAR
SPECIAL AGENT IN CHARGE, ASST JESSE C MADDOX: 1/1 ~
hb 1/22/2008 .
Page 2 of 2 172798
PROPERTY OF GBI
Further dissemination is prohibited without written approval of a GBI Supervisor

Then on Jan. 18, 2008, what finally came to be admitted?

S/A HOWARD asked TABOR if he attempted to contact the GBI when HILTON had called him on January 3,2008. TABOR became visually upset and began to cry. He stated that he did not attempt to call anyone. HILTON contacted TABOR at approximately 4:41 p.m. and asked him for money. After taking the call, TABOR attended to some business requirements prior to receiving a call from ASAC JESSE MADDOX at approximately 6:30 p.m Though during the phone conversation TABOR told ASAC MADDOX that he had been trying to call, TABOR clarified to S/A HOWARD he had not actually tried to contact law enforcement. TABOR stated that “I thought we had him, the ruse was set up for tomorrow”. TABOR never contacted anyone about a “ruse” or about HILTON calling him. TABOR only provided the information about HILTON’s 4:41 p.m. call when he was directly asked by ASAC MADDOX (Two and half hours later on the phone, in the late evening of Jan. 3, 2008). EXHIBIT 174 (cross ref. Exhibit 21)


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The phone call to John Tabor was made at 4:41 PM on 01/03/08. The response time to the Huddle House; Marble Hill, GA , 30148 by the GBI on 01/03/08 was ‘four hours due to Tabor’s failure to dial 911. 'Huddle House & the Phone number; is indicated on caller ID, as verrified by me, yet Tabor, indicated that GMH called from a cell phone. The GBI’s time of arrival was 9:00PM. Meredith Hope Emerson was alive at the time the phone call was placed according to the Medical Examiner.
Why has this been silenced by the media (Local and National)? Precious Victim’s Lives depend on ‘Truth in the Media’.

They should hang their heads in shame, IMO...

Wolfscratch

wolfscratch said...

Emerson's Life To Be Remembered - 11Alive.com | WXIA | Atlanta, GA
Jan 12, 2008 ... Thursday, while at a Pickens County Huddle House, Hilton called his former boss, John Tabor. ... Right after Hilton called Tabor, Tabor called the GBI again, and the GBI raced to the ... "That was the last contact I had from Gary Hilton," Tabor said. .... Hero Central · Community Service Awards ...
www.11alive.com/news/article_news.aspx?storyid=109373 - CachedWelcome to our wikizine about Gary Michael Hilton and Meredith ...
Jan 1, 2008 ... What really happened regarding the Huddle House phone call from Gary Michael Hilton to John Tabor? AND Exactly what was their relationship? ...

www.zimbio.com/Gary...Hilton/.../Welcome+wikizine+Gary+Michael+Hilton+Meredith -

Wolfscratch: Gary Michael Hilton had four friends, three were Attorneys. One produced the Deadly Run movie with the assistance of GMH, 13 years before his capture. Why no 911 call by John Tabor, Meredith Hope Emerson, was alive when the phone call was made on 01/03/08.
Too many questions, too few answers...

Wolfscratch said...

Hunter's have found remains all over these Appalacian Mountains and beyond. A Lieutenant with Union Co. Sheriffs Office, that participated in the Meredith Hope Emerson Investigation said, we have located three of GMH's campsites in our county alone and there are victims clothes scattered all over these mountains and we will never know who they all belong to."
Due to an antiquated State Law. Gary Michael Hilton's DNA and time line wasn't available until after he was convicted in GA for the tragic abduction, rape, murder, mutilation, and decapitation of Meredith Hope Emerson. This is the primary reason for taking the Death Penalty off the table. 'Merediths' DNA Law' was swiftly enacted by the State Legislature, due to this tragedy. GMH, was a Stealth Predator; identity unknown; oblivious to Law Enforcement and the Justice System, yet preying on unsuspecting innocent victims for over four decades.

From a GBI agent, "when GMH's DNA came back from the lab, in less than 24 hours after conviction, 'Cold Case' Detectives from every adjacent state were waiting for it."

Although it has been almost two years, the test results from the remains of victims found, has not been shared with the public by LE or the Justice System via the media.

The truth is an indictment of Law Enforcement and the Justice Department, IMO. If GMH & Associates have been doing his evil deeds for decades, which I am confident to be true, many innocent people were suspected, arrested, indicted, convicted, and incarcerated due to the stranger abductions and relying on circumstantial evidence to prosecute, whatever the cost.

It is virtually impossible to undo the slamming of a judges gavel... If it was possible, the resulting sound would be 'Silence'...
The silence is deafening in GMH & Associates Trail of Terror...
Wolfscratch

bonnieglenn@aol.com said...

Federal Bureau of Investigation - Investigative Programs ...
Oct 30, 1998 ... Established by the Department of Justice in 1985, FBI-ViCAP serves as the ... The FBI-ViCAP national database captures for retrieval the ...

'GARY MICHAEL HILTON: HANNIBAL LECTURE OF THE 20TH & 21ST CENTURY'

I am confident that the discovery of the unusually high volume of women vanishing in the southeast was due to the establishment of VICAP in the mid 1980s.

With new techinlogy and leadership within the FBI, the BSU, took on a very important role in major investigations and were no longer considered witchcraft, or voodoo investigative techniques. Although housed 60' underground, to protect them from the light, their profiling techniques proved to be very accurate.

Since the BSU is the unit which is brought in to assist when a serial killer is preying in an area, yet illusive or stealth, oblivious to LE, as was Gary Michael Hilton & Associates.

The most prolific Serial Killer of the 20th & 21st Century; GMH, with extensive knowlege of forensics, police strategies and procedures, military trained and disciplined, made a mockery of normal LE Agencies. This is due to the lack of expertise dealing with SKs as well as the targeted victims being strangers. GMH, changed his MO, signature, victim profile, as well as copycating the exact style as other Serial Killers, while adding a tryst of his own unique creativity. GMH, honed his predator techniques, building confidence escalating to the point of taunting his expertise.

I am confident that GMH, although very intelligent didn't acomplish this alone. He had sidekicks as well as enablers. GMH, did not have the means to skirt the Justice System, time and time again without assistance.

The profiling process consists of several steps. Some of these steps are:

evaluation of the criminal act.

the specifics of the crime scene or scenes.

analysis of the victim, or victims, if located.

evaluation of the criminal reports of the local LE Agency conducting the preliminary investigation.

evaluation of ME or coroners autopsy report.

develop a profile with critical offender characteristics

When conducting an interview or profiling an unidentified suspect, the principle relied on is that behavior reflects personality. GMH, was a master of emulation which presented unique problems with identifying his personality traits. It would be interesting to see the profile prepared for the suspect(GMH) before his capture. I am convinced that one of the primary reasons that the expert profilers, that are usually very vocal in the media, have been silent is that GMH, fits no previous profiles....he is an anomally.

In GMH's interview of 01/07/08, there is a reason for his answers, as there was a reason for the specific questions asked by the GBI...Although the interview was plagued with lies by GMH, a treasure trove of information will be garnered from his responses.

Although there are numerous lies which will be obvious under scrutiny, the one that stands out the most is when he denied that he raped MHE. Once the truth was pried out of him. He was how many times. GMH, responded, "once". He knew that the number of rapes would be impossible to detect by LE...

Wolfscratch: 'Drugs, Porn, Rituals/Torture'...

wolfscratch said...

http://fightforjustice.blogspot.com/2005/12/roger- l-depue.html
Roger Depue "Between Good and Evil" He is a retired FBI Profiler:
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Snipit from R. Depue:
When I was a young man, a friend taught me the ancient art of dowsing, and after a time, I became something of a practitioner myself, finding water underground as a kind of parlor trick for friends. It might seem odd that a man so rooted in grim reality would take an interest in something so ethereal. In fact, I’m fascinated by the unseen forces at play in the lives of human beings.


My job has been to try to stop human predators before they kill again, and after studying them so closely over so many years, to me their traits seem clearly recognizable.
Evil is more than a vague notion. It is an entity, and it is manifest on the earth. It has reflexes and intuition, senses vulnerability, and changes its form to adapt to its surroundings. Those who do not believe the Devil walks this earth have not seen the things that I have seen.

Evil is not a discrete entity that springs forth fully formed. It is born in the mind, takes root there as fantasy, and prospers when normal human restraint can no longer contain it. I have seen it devour the personalities of men like Richard Speck, Jeffrey Dahmer, and Ted Bundy, turning them into blank-faced sociopaths who clearly know right from wrong, but choose, time and again, to follow their own base urges, with complete disregard for the terrible human suffering they cause.
I believe that every act of homicide causes a slight unbalancing in the world, and that it diminishes life’s universal equation. In the interest of justice, it is imperative that someone try to right that imbalance. But the task of fighting evil can take a terrible toll on the people who are charged with it. It can cost them their families, their equilibrium, their capacity for joy.

CP by Wolfscratch: A dowser locates water, also 'Graves'....

wolfscratch said...

Pat Brown, in this CNN interview aired on the Nancy Grace Show on 01/03/08, you suggested foul play was probable and indicated that Meredith Hope Emerson, may have been abducted by a Serial Killer. How did you come to this conclusion?
Have you been following the limited information that has been released by Law Enforcement since that date?
Are you aware of the specific items found in his Fannin Co, GA Campsite; Coopers Creek WMA, that was discovered by a hunter almost two years later in September 2009?

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0801/03/ng.01.html


Wolfscratch
Wolfscratch

wolfscratch said...

Snipet of ther above referenced interview:

VELEZ-MITCHELL: All right. Thank you so much for sharing all of that.

Let`s put our detective caps on. And for that, let`s go to Pat Brown, criminal profiler and author of "Killing for Sport." As we hear all of this, let`s try to just use deductive reasoning. Either she got lost or something untoward happened to her. Those are two main possibilities. But given that all of this is happening on a mountain, how possible is it for somebody -- and we`re speaking hypothetically -- somebody, anybody to take a person against their will down a mountain?

PAT BROWN, CRIMINAL PROFILER: Well, Jane, I think, first of all, unfortunately, I don`t think it sounds too good, like she just got lost. It does sound like this is probably something untoward happened out there on the mountain.

One thing about serial killers and hiking trails is they tend to like to hang around the trailheads and watch the women come and go. They usually tend to be lazy. They don`t usually like to go more than a mile just to go in and find somebody who`s alone. So I`m looking at this one man who`s a suspect, and he`s...

Wolfscratch

Anonymous said...

http://gpstc.georgia.gov/vgn/images/portal/cit_1210/51/49/106904179Board_Minutes-January08.pdf

"Smoke and Mirrors"

Wolfscratch

Anonymous said...

Continued from last comment:

"Very Important meeting that illustrates the 'SMOKE and MIRRORS' PR(Propaganda & Rumor) Strategy, used by Law Enforcement, and reported by the media(Local and National), in the Tragic Fiasco Labeled 'The Meredith Emerson Investigation'...

The last paragraph of Page 3, if not for the tragidc outcome, would be almost humorous...
What galaxy are they living in..
Pay close attention to Page 4: Psychological Arrests: Keenan says that Gary Hilton, was stopped by LE in Three States, but was a Master at preventing his arrest....

The 'Four Hour Response Time to the Marble Hill Huddle House' by the GBI & LE, on 01/03/08, was conviently omitted from the minutes of the meeting. Where were the GBI Helicopters on this date?

She should have been rescued. This Mission was far from being a Success. The Community and Meredith Hope Emerson's family needs to know the truth...the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth...

May She Rest in Peace...

Glenn Adams

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Vice-Chairman Donald called the June Board meeting to order
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finally, to Dawson County, where Meredith Emerson's body was recovered. ... Since the Missing Persons file was set up in 1972, there are 608 women entered in that ... Lab to have scientists come in on Sunday to begin receiving some of DNA evidence. ... how to keep law enforcement from not making an arrest on him. ...
gpstc.georgia.gov/vgn/.../cit.../106904179Board_Minutes-January08.pdf

Anonymous said...

Link for the previous comment:

http://gpstc.georgia.gov/vgn/images/portal/cit_1210/51/49/106904179Board_Minutes-January08.pdf

Wolfscratch

Glenn Adams said...

From another forum Some info on Gary Hilton: verified from corrections records, unless otherwise stated:


StrangeThingsHappen said...
Dec-5-09 12:03am I recently spent 2 days going through the Department of Corrections records made available to me on an Open Records Request and Subpoena.

A few things I found in Hilton's Department of Corrections records that stood out were:
Hilton's testing showed he has an IQ of 102 WRAT scores: R-12.9, M-6.5, S-12.9
Hilton claims 14 years of education, received GED plus 2 years college,
Spent 3 years in US Army, Infantry, 3/1964-3/1967 (age 18-21) received Honorable Discharge at E4 Rank,
Hilton claims Flight Instruction training and Pilot Certification in 1970 after his discharge from Army.
Hilton's father, William F. Hilton, is dead, and was killed by Hilton's step mother.
Hilton claims No brothers and No sisters,
Hilton is 3 times divorced, no children, no family support
His Birth place was Atlanta, in Fulton County
For Religion he claims none
Hilton's natural Parents separated when he was less than age 5.
Hilton was raised to age 14 by his natural mother
Hilton spent some time in foster care from age 14-17 years old and then joined the Army at age 18.
Hilton's mother, Cleo Reynolds (Hilton) Debag was later married to Nilo Debag who was deceased at age 90 in Broward, Florida on Nov. 1, 2006. Hilton's Mother age 84 now lives in SC and has no contact with him.
There was not much mention of the MS or any special medical needs.
Hilton claims his Parents had no drug or alcohol or arrest backgrounds
Hilton claims to have been Homeless for 8 months after leaving John Tabor's house in Dekalb where he lived for 9 years until sometime in 2007.
Hilton claims he escaped from a Dade Co. FL Juvenile. Det Center after being detained for 2 weeks for attempted murder of his Step-Father.
Hilton claims he was Arrested 10 times as an adult, 5 times as a Juvenile.
Hilton claims to have used drugs as a juvenile
Claims the Age first arrested was 12 years old for breaking and entering (1958).
Hilton admits to the 1982 firebombing of house of Ex-girlfriend's brother (the Green's) in an attempt to kill him, says the charges were dropped for lack of evidence. The younger sister who identified him was 17 at the time. Hilton was age 36.
Hilton admits to past homosexual behavior, but denies current tendencies
Hilton claims past excessive use of alcohol, Quaaludes, Amphetamines, Cocaine, and Marijuana, denies recent use of anything but Marijuana
Hilton claims current Murder charges for Meredith Emerson are not due to drugs or alcohol
Keep in mind these are mostly things Hilton is claiming.

CP By WS

Glenn Adams said...

Wolfscratch said...
Agent John Douglas profiled Hansen to a tee. He had pegged him with a studder or lisp, as an independent business owner, with a family. Hansen owned a bake shop where LE frequented(pastries) and was a pillar of the community.
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Pat Brown said...
Actually, Douglas didn't actually profile Hansen before he was on police radar. He was already a suspect and the police asked what he thought about him being the guy and Douglas then analyzed his behavior. And he already knew he had a lisp, so that wasn't an amazing guess (which would be only a lucky guess because you cannot discern a lisp from a man's behaviors; you need a witness to say the guy has a lisp). So, profiling didn't identify Hansen, the cops did. However, the analysis of his behavior could have been helpful in the continuing investigation and prosecution.

December 27, 2009 5:56 AM

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Actually Pat Brown, John Douglas did predict that Robert Hansen: Alaskan Serial Killer, had a lisp in his original profile...

Please refer to: Serial Killers: Profiling the Criminal Mind: 'A & E' - Disc 1 - 1994 (Ironically the same year the 'Deadly Run Movie' was filmed)...

After reading an article in Psychology Today about criminal profiling, the FBI BSU/BAU was contacted by the Alaskan State Trooper Detective Glenn Flothe, requesting assistance after being denied a search warrant for lack of probable cause. Deective Flothe began telling FBI Profiler Roy Hazelwood about Robert Hansen. Hazelwood said, "No, No, No"! Detective Flothe was advised by Hazelwood, not to give information pertaining to the suspect, only the victims and the specifics of the investigation. (An Artist is revealed by reviewing his Artwork)...
In the A & E documentary Detective Flothe states that John Douglas and Roy Hazelwood profiled Robert Hansen, and Douglas stipulated that the suspect would most likely have a studder...
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RE: that wasn't an amazing guess (which would be only a lucky guess because you cannot discern a lisp from a man's behaviors; you need a witness to say the guy has a lisp).
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Criminal Behavior Profiling is not based on lucky guesses, but many years of research, interviews on many Serial Killers prior, crime scene analysis, deductive reasoning, common sense, as well as the ability to peel away the mask and enter the mind of those beyond evil...
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FYI: John Douglas, predicted to the day that Atlanta, GA: Serial Killer Wayne Williams, would fake a medical emergency to gain sympathy from the jury during his trial. Williams complained of chest pains and was rushed to Grady Hospital, where Doctors found no signs of a heart condition...
John Douglas, advised the DA in the Larry Gene Bell, Death Penalty Trial,for the Murder of Sherry Faye smith, that Bell would cause an outburst or disturbance in the courtroom on the first day. To the Prosecutors amazement, Bell acted out Douglas's prediction...
Bell was executed in 1996....
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What I post is not speculation or conjecture..

Wolfscratch